Germany is a highly industrialized country. In such a country, many will think its people lead a luxurious life.
When we arrived at Hamburg , my colleagues walked into the
restaurant, we noticed that a lot of tables were empty. There was a
table where a young couple was having their meal. There were only two
dishes and two cans of beer on the table. I wondered if such simple meal
could be romantic, and whether the girl will leave this stingy guy.
were a few old ladies on another table. When a dish is served, the
waiter would distribute the food for them, and they would finish every
bit of the food on their plates.
As we were hungry, our
local colleague ordered more food for us.When we left, there was still
about one third of un-consumed food on the table.
we were leaving the restaurant, the old ladies spoke to us in English,
we understood that they were unhappy about us wasting so much food.
paid for our food, it is none of your business how much food we left
behind," my colleague told the old ladies. The old ladies were furious.
One of them immediately took her hand phone out and made a call to
someone. After a while, a man in uniform from Social Security
organisation arrived. Upon knowing what the dispute was, he issued us a
50 Euro fine. We all kept quiet.
The officer told us in
a stern voice, "ORDER WHAT YOU CAN CONSUME, MONEY IS YOURS BUT
RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS IN THE WORLD WHO
ARE FACING SHORTAGE OF RESOURCES. YOU HAVE NO REASON TO WASTE
The mindset of people of this rich country
put all of us to shame. WE REALLY NEED TO REFLECT ON THIS. We are from
country which is not very rich in resources. To save face, we order
large quantity and also waste food when we give others a treat.
(Courtesy: A friend who is now changed a lot)
LESSON IS:- THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT CHANGING OUR BAD HABITS. Expecting
acknowledgment, that u read the message and forward to your contacts.
VERY TRUE -"MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY."
Socrates' Triple Filter Test
Next time, If someone starts to spread gossip, please think of this:
In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his
wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran
up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard
about one of your students?"
Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."
filter?" "That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me
about my student let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say.
The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you
are about to tell me is true?"..."No," the man said, "actually I just
heard about it and..."
"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't
really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the
filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student
"No, on the contrary..."..."So," Socrates
continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, even though
you're not certain it's true?"
The man shrugged, a little
embarrassed. Socrates continued. "You may still pass the test though,
because there is a third filter - the filter of Usefulness. Is what you
want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?"
not really..."..."Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell
me is neither true nor good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?"
The man was defeated and ashamed. This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.